Ch 1- defining deviance: deviance is not marginal, it is central to what we do, deviance is characteristics of the broader society. How can we recognize deviance when we see it: deviant definition (dictionary)-- straying from accepted norms, not the sa(cid:373)e defi(cid:374)itio(cid:374) that"s i(cid:374) resear(cid:272)h. Subjective views of deviance claim that there is no shared observable characteristics that can clearly tell us who or what is deviant and who or what is normal. Statistical rarity: one of the definitions that are associated with the objective side is based on statistical rarity it is not commonly used in academic research but it is often heard in everyday conversation. Harm: the second definition that is associated with the objective side is based on the concept of harm, the most obvious type of harm is physical harm. If an action causes harm it is deviant.